It remains bizarre to me that Donald Trump is the president of the United States. If I’d woken up yesterday from a 20-year coma to discover Carrot Top or Fred “Rerun” Berry was president, I would have been marginally less surprised.
But the day-to-day reality of Trump’s presidency is even more shocking than the fact that he’s president. It’s as if the guy who ends up in the county jail twice a week for masturbating in the Chuck E. Cheese ball pit was suddenly given a reality show … and that show is on every channel … and we’re all pretty much forced to watch.
So when Trump does shit like this …
A lot of interest in this story about Psycho Joe Scarborough. So a young marathon runner just happened to faint in his office, hit her head on his desk, & die? I would think there is a lot more to this story than that? An affair? What about the so-called investigator? Read story! https://t.co/CjBXBXxoNS
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2020
… we sigh and move on with our day, because Donald Trump being a raging, irresponsible asshole has become such an ordinary fact of life, it’s often difficult to summon the appropriate measure of anger.
Well, Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough’s wife and MSNBC co-host, has had enough. She wants Trump bounced off Twitter over the above tweet and a boatload of other transgressions, and she seems prepared to do something about it.
I will be reaching out to head of twitter about their policies being violated every day by President Tump. Hope my call is taken. Please retweet if you agree
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) May 20, 2020
Back in October, Twitter issued some tepid backwash about world leaders (i.e., Trump — no one else behaves this way) and their tweets.
It went on and on, but the gist was captured in this sentence:
In other cases involving a world leader, we will err on the side of leaving the content up if there is a clear public interest in doing so.
Uh-huh. What’s the public interest in falsely accusing a media figure who’s been critical of you of murder? Seriously. I’ll wait.
Granted, getting Trump kicked off Twitter — or even suspended — is a long shot. But at the very least, those of us with Twitter accounts can retweet Brzezinski’s demand for action.
Others have gone a step further:
— Ann Lewis Hamilton (@AnnLHamilton) May 24, 2020
Come on, @jack. How long are you going to allow this? Enough!
— Eric Slater (@ericsslater) May 24, 2020
Oh, and it’s not just us snowflakes who are concerned. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican U.S. representative from Illinois, ripped into the moldering muskmelon head as well:
Completely unfounded conspiracy. Just stop. Stop spreading it, stop creating paranoia. It will destroy us. https://t.co/XgDl6LmANb
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) May 24, 2020
Other than being concerned about government reprisals, I can’t imagine why Twitter would let this go on. Common decency alone demands that it end.